GUWAHATI, June 16 - The Assam Tribune Employees� Union (ATEU) felicitated Chaygaon-based senior journalist, litterateur and columnist Sivacharan Kalita at his residence at Alekjari in Chaygaon on Friday. Kalita was felicitated with a citation, phulam gamusa, bouquet, memento, souvenir of ATEU�s 60 years celebration, a coffee table book etc., by ATEU�s president Santanava Hazarika, general secretary Dugdha Ram Kalita, organising secretary Anima Das, treasurer Utpal Karmakar, executive members Hiranya Kumar Barman, Gautam Kakati, Bhaskar Das, Chandi Kalita and general member of the union Ranjit Chandra Dey at a meeting organised on the occasion. This was stated in a press release.
Addressing the gathering of eminent local citizens, journalists, neighbours and others, the general secretary of ATEU Dugdha Ram Kalita said that Sivacharan Kalita, who had started journalism during the 60s, always wrote for the betterment of the oppressed and underprivileged. The people of Assam who are on the verge of losing their identity due to the rampant modernisation and westernisation of the social fabric need a person like Sivacharan Kalita, who knows how to swim against the current. Kalita also had maintained a cordial relationship with the former editor of Dainik Asam Radhika Mohan Bhagawati. While mentioning about the recent of Kashmir-based journalist Shujaat Bukhari, general secretary Kalita said that although people think that the life of a journalist is very interesting, on the contrary it is full of challenges and risks.
Speaking on the occasion, ATEU president Santanava Hazarika while lauding the role played by Sivacharan Kalita in systematic development of the Chaygaon area since the 60s, called upon the younger generation of journalists to follow the ideals practised by Kalita while pursuing journalism. He added that with truthfulness and dedication, a journalist can reach the pinnacle of his success. He hoped that Kalita, who is now on the path of recovery from a major illness, will soon take up the pen and proceed with his crusade for the region�s development.
While accepting the felicitation, Sivacharn Kalita expressed his sincere gratitude to the Assam Tribune Employees� Union and said that he had pursued journalism and literature with lots of difficulties. He praised the ATEU for steadfastly working for the benefit of the working class and called upon the journalist community to put an end to corruption.
The participants of the function included president of Chaygaon Press Club Dhiraj Das, former vice principal of Chaygaon College Baneswar Das, retired lecturer Tarinicharan Kalita, senior journalist Balen Kalita, eminent citizens of the locality and others.
The vote of thanks was offered by ATEU executive member Hiranya Kumar Barman.
Later the ATEU team visited the Chaygaon College where they participated in a hurriedly-convened meeting with the vice principal of the college Dr Anupama Deka, Head of the Assamese department Dr Nagen Kalita and other lecturers of the college. The team presented souvenirs and mementos to the faculty members and to the college library. Dr Anupama Deka while accepting the felicitation expressed her gratitude to the ATEU and agreed to take up constructive programmes for the benefit of the students with the cooperation of the union.